Today on World AIDS Day, millions of people living with HIV/AIDS are at risk of dying of tuberculosis (TB), the world’s leading killer of people living with HIV. Despite all the gains achieved in the last twenty years through education and awareness, drug research and development of more effective ARV therapies, thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS continue to die from TB.
The UK Coalition to Stop TB and the UK Stop AIDS Campaign published an open letter in the Guardian newspaper today highlighting that we cannot effectively tackle deaths of people with HIV without also addressing those dying from TB. What is desperately needed is the political will to help combat this dual epidemic on all fronts.
You can read the full Open Letter here.